n. in psychoanalytic theory, refers to the Freudian concept of investing mental and emotional energy on a person or object. It may also be the investment of libidinous energy (libido) on a particular sexual fantasy, or of psychic energy on a specific idea or goal. See anticathexis. Compare decathexis.

CATHEXIS: "In as much as one can invest so much attention and energy on a person (cathexis), one can also withdraw those same feelings of attachment (decathexis)."
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